Great Ely Walk a success

PUBLISHED: 16:53 03 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

The mayor of Ely, councillor Ron Bradney, and chairman of the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward, Alan Hampton, start the Great Ely Walk.

The mayor of Ely, councillor Ron Bradney, and chairman of the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward, Alan Hampton, start the Great Ely Walk.

THE second Great Ely Walk was a spectacular success with roughly twice as many walkers as last year, and triple the amount of money raised for charity. The three-mile walk was organised by the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward. Each walker raised money for

The youngest participant, one-year-old Dylan, with mum Jenny and, chairman of the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward, Alan Hampton, by the riverside.
Photos: GEOFF DURRANT

THE second Great Ely Walk was a spectacular success with roughly twice as many walkers as last year, and triple the amount of money raised for charity.

The three-mile walk was organised by the Rotary Club of Ely Hereward.

Each walker raised money for their own chosen charity, and the main charities to benefit were The Children's Society, The Diabetes Association, the NSPCC and the mayor's charity.

Organiser John Yates said: "It was absolutely magnificent. Ninety nine walkers took part and the weather was perfect. About £3,000 has been raised - close to three times as much as last year."

The walk was started by the mayor of Ely, councillor Ron Bradney, at Palace Green at 11am on Sunday. The route took walkers through medieval Ely via Cherry Hill Park from the river, turning into Waterside and Willow Walk, to arrive at Creswell Park, on route the half-way point at Kiln Lane. From there the walkers headed back towards the city centre and the finish point on Palace Green.

Mr Yates said: "The walk takes in many of Ely's beauty spots and points of interest and we produced guide notes on the back of maps to give the walkers information about the areas they visited, which was particularly useful to people who are not from the area.

"We asked for feedback from the walkers and we are going to study this to see what we can do to make it even better next year."

The Rotary Club of Ely Hereward would like to thank the Ely Standard, The Atrium Club and Waitrose for sponsoring the event.

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